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Tim Paine lauds Pat Cummins’ leadership and performance in World Cup triumph | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Test captain Tim Paine has praised Pat Cummins for his exceptional leadership and bowling performance in Australia‘s victorious World Cup campaign in India. Cummins, leading the team from the front, played a crucial role in Australia’s triumph, showcasing strategic brilliance and skill with the ball.
Cummins’ bold decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved to be a masterstroke as Australia successfully restricted India to a modest total of 240.Cummins claimed vital wickets, including those of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, finishing with impressive figures of 2/34 from his 10 overs.
Speaking on SEN Radio, Paine acknowledged Cummins’ impactful decisions and leadership during the final against India. “When we won the toss, I think Pat Cummins shocked everyone a bit with the call to bowl first,” Paine remarked. The former wicket-keeper batter highlighted the team’s awareness of the dew factor at the Narendra Modi Stadium, a crucial consideration that influenced the decision to bowl first.
Paine credited Cummins for his astute captaincy, stating, “I don’t think there was a thing last night that Pat Cummins got wrong. He was outstanding and he deserves a lot of credit for that.” Paine also commended the coaching staff, led by Andrew McDonald, for their contributions to Australia’s success.
Reflecting on Cummins’ captaincy and strategic decisions, Paine mentioned the team’s tactical adjustments in response to the pitch conditions. “The fields we had early to Rohit Sharma, that deep point, slip, and Glenn Maxwell at like a fly slip,” Paine described the calculated approach. He highlighted the team’s adaptability, noting the unique field placements and strategies employed during the match.
Paine asserted that Cummins had an exceptional game as a captain, emphasising his impact on the title clash. “When the Indian batsmen were trying to consolidate, Pat read that beautifully and brought Travis Head on and Mitch Marsh on to bank some overs when they weren’t really looking to take us on,” Paine explained. He praised Cummins for setting the tone with his aggressive and precise bowling, describing it as one of the best performances he had seen from the pacer in a while.
(With inputs from PTI)